Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai4.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
The rooms are huge and very nicely designed. Not brand new anymore but very well maintained. A real boutique hotel. Love the bathrooms. Front desk is a bit on the careless side, but not unbearably so. Location is superb - 5 mins walk to Xintiandi, perfect for sitting outside and people watching. Internet was a bit painful. But then again this is China.
Very hard to find the hotel entrance; even taxi driver cannot find, photo attached. Hotel receptionist has no smile on their face at all times and always looking/browsing at their own mobile phones. Very unprofessional and very limited English to communicate with. There was a male receptionist came up at night, try to help us to fix the curtain. We were shocked with his improper uniform. Seriously 5 stars hotel??? The elevator, the corridor and the room are very dim; elderly people will feel uncomfortable with their eyes. Only one set of toilet amenities daily while we paid for 3 adults in one room with extra bed. Every night, the air con will automatic switch OFF during midnight?! Poor WiFi in the room. The phone in the room can call room to room and operator only. Even if you pay the deposit, you are not allowed to call anywhere in Shanghai.
The Pudi Boutique Hotel is a great place to stay in Shanghai's former French Concession. It is not a flashy hotel, but was built to be comfortable to knowing travelers. The rooms are large, and some are very large. Our bathroom was bigger than some rooms we've stayed in, with rain head shower, soaking tub with massaging jets, twin sinks, and Occitane toiletries. The hall closet also opened into the bath. There was a bar sink and microwave along with cupboards, drawers, some basic dishes, and under sink trash, in addition to the mini fridge. The TV stand at the foot of the bed rotated completely around and came with a CD/DVD player and a few CD's. The desk had an ergonomic chair, hidden outlets, stationery - and a computer printer! The king bed was a pleasure to sleep on, and the complex lighting choices included an under bed light. It was really comfortable, though it showed a few minor signs of wear. But the location is the real highlight. It is one block from the high end shopping on Middle Huaihai Road, on Nanchang Road, which has a range of boutiques. It is a short walk from Xintiandi for those who want to indulge western tastes and a wealthy local crowd. Almost across the street is beautiful Fuxing Park, which is particularly lively. This is an ideal location in the French Concession, in walking distance of most places you'd want to visit in Shanghai. The staff were friendly and helpful, and while their English was often limited, it was always possible for us to communicate. On top of all this, the room rates were very reasonable, making it (in my view) the best value in central Shanghai. It is really a find.
When I reviewed the Pudi on my last visit there around 4 years ago, I titled the review "I will return!". I loved the experience and very much looked forward to returning, which I did last week. As the title of this review shows, the experience had highs and lows. First the highs: The location is phenomenal. Access to other areas of Shanghai is tricky if you don't catch the subway, but that's the same for any other location in that huge and traffick-clogged city. However, the hotel is in the historic French Concession neighborhood, with 2-3 story buildings, trendy stores and lovely tree-shaded streets. It is the nicest area of Shanghai I know, and after a tiring day it is a lovely haven to return to. Also, the bed was amazingly comfortable. As someone that increasingly has greater difficulty sleeping in hotel beds, I slept like a baby every night. I also still love the decor of the hotel. I understand those who say it is too dark, but I think the colors, subdued lighting and little aquariums everywhere really work well together. Of course, the sheer size of the rooms is also a plus. As for the staff, I found them all very friendly and willing to help. The lows: Starting with the staff... Though they are friendly, they do have a very limited English, and this can be a problem when you need their help: no matter how friendly they are, if you don't speak Chinese they will not be able to provide basic hotel services beyond calling for a cab. Questions like "where is the closest bank", "what is the ideal time to beat traffic" and can you recommend a restaurant" are mostly met with friendly shrugs. Also, the internet is appalling!! Seriously, it took me back 10 years. On occasion, I had no choice but to switch to expensive roaming services in order to download emails with attachments smaller than 1 MB. The breakfast is OK, but limited. And I think the hotel is showing its age and lack of maintenance: everywhere there are signs of degradation, which for a hotel of this level shouldn't be acceptable. And the really low point: when I checked out, I found the bill to be much higher than initially expected. They charged me a 15% "service charge", with no reasonable explanation coming from the staff and their limited English. After I refused to leave without a full explanation, a manager appeared, and he spoke better English. He explained that the 15% was the commission Booking.com charged them for mediating the reservation, and even showed me the print-out from Booking.com. Never mind that 15% seems a bit high for Booking.com to charge the hotel, but this fee has NOTHING to do with me! I was given a reference price when I booked and, as always when I book through Booking.com, that's what I expected to pay. Sometimes there are extra charges, like a city tourism fee or similar, but 15% is extortionate, and that fee was never mine to pay. So, fond memories aside, I will never go back to the Pudi.
I agree it’s gone downhill from when it opened but it’s still a huge, clean and cool room for around $150 before taxes. I skipped the breakfast option - Starbucks, Ladybug Cafe and Sober Cafe right next door. All are good alternatives. Cool art in room. Neat design with TV entertainment center on a swivel. Totally central location. 10 minute walk to Xintiandi
Stayed at Pudi before and it is definitely going downhill. The rooms/halls are very dark dreary and smell of smoke, also beware - - there is NO AIR conditioning until May - rooms were stuffy and hot; we had to open window with loud street noise (Trip Advisor should update this on their site - NO AIR until May). We had to pay for upgrade room as it did not provide a pull out or bed for my daughter and staff has very difficult time understanding English. Rooms need care - paint, walls, tiles cracking - stained carpet. We stayed one night and then left to a different local fabulous hotel that was truly amazing.
Ya the room is huge and location is good but... sun facing rooms heat up like a terrarium for most of day and central AC doesn’t work. At night you have to sleep with windows open so street noise will disturb your sleep frequently. WIFI soso, dated furnishings, and indifferent staff. Electrical sockets are worn and limited and light switches poorly thought out as well. For the price, I’d give this place a pass and try another hotel.
Have stayed at Pudi many times over the last 7 years. I do really like the rooms, they have a very personal feel to them. The bedrooms are generous and the bathrooms are spacious as well. Each room has a small pantry fitted out with a fridge, micro, kettle, sink etc. From the beginning the owner employed his own GM and ran it indecently; upon check in the staff would always recognise you and give you the nicest available room and whatnot. They were very personable I must say. On my last visit earlier this month I noticed that Accor has taken over the propriety under the Mercure flag. And unfortunately, this showed immediately on check in. It was the dreaded robotised check in process, the one you expect in a 400 room hotel; this hotel only has plus minus 50 rooms I think, so there is no need for that. You do avoid the restaurant I must say. The breakfast is dreadful and you are much better off going downstairs and to walk around the corner. There are 4 small outlets I think, from serving coffee and sandwiches and cakes, to proper lunches and dinners etc. Alternatively, you can go for a walk and take your pick in Xintiandi!
I travel frequently to Shanghai for work and this is my go-to hotel. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and great value for money. The location, near Fuxing Park in the former French Concession is great. It's a relatively quiet and green area, yet near the metro, Xintiandi and the shops on Huaihai Lu. I also like the design of the hotel. It has a unique, understated feel to it. It really lives up to the boutique moniker. Some of the amenities are in need of some attention, so some of the rooms are a bit tired. But that's never been enough to put me off staying here - these minor issues are well outweighed by the benefits. I agree the breakfast is not all that great, but since all the rooms come with kitchenettes, that's never been an issue for me.
The employeers of this hotel are completely incompetent. Firstly they refused to give some invoice or receipt of booking (something that i need to show to the account of my company), in addition the English attendant was dark (not remember the name of attendant, we arrived at the hotel yesterday at 17:30)another issue absurd is that the hotel asks a guarantee of 1000rbm, something that is not informed in hoteis.com. incredibly our disorders not end here. We went to the Terrace to take the breakfast in the morning today and the official said that we couldn't take breakfast due to not have paid for it !!! obviously we already had paid and then the incompetent of the employer confirmed that we payed. Awful experience !!! And have only 3 options to eat in the breakfast
- Close to Xintiandi and Shanghai Museum
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Fitness center
Located in Downtown Shanghai, Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Xintiandi and Shanghai Museum. This 4.5-star hotel has 52 guestrooms and offers free in-room WiFi, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. Located in central Shanghai, the hotel is also near Jing An Temple and The Bund.
Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.
The 52 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Guests can expect 32-inch LCD TVs with satellite channels and DVD players, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Select Comfort beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer hair dryers and bathrobes. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, minibars, and coffee makers.
Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Park Shanghai offers a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. You'll find limited parking. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a meeting room, a 24-hour business center, and express check-in.
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80.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 247 reviews